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In an effort to save a bit of money, I'm getting rid of the high definition package with DirecTV. The HD box doesn't work most of the time without being reset and we would only watch it if we happened to be channel surfing, which is rare. We don't have the HD DVR (but do have a DVR for the regular service), so we can't time-shift any HD programming. Also, Starz and Showtime are getting the boot. If we want to watch movies, we'll just get them through Netflix. Yeah, Showtime is awesome, and we love Penn & Teller's Bullshit and This American Life very much, but it has to go. Downsizing the DirecTV package should save us almost $35 per month.
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Speaking of DirecTV, I've been trying to get stuff off of the DVR and recorded onto DVD. So far this week, it's been the 1972 series The Sixth Sense, which has absolutely nothing to do with the M. Night Shyamalan film. The series starred Gary Collins as a psychic parapsychology professor who dealt with the paranormal. For years, it was edited down to a half-hour and tacked onto the syndication package for Night Gallery. Now, Chiller is showing the series uncut (back when TV shows were 50 minutes without commercials) in place of Night Gallery when that series runs out of episodes. The stories run the gamut from laughable to decent, but the best aspect are the guest stars, including William Shatner wearing one of the most horrific toupees ever created.